Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ice Cream Topping

I think I may have invented the world's easiest recipe for making milk chocolate ice cream topping.  I got desperate one night for chocolate and, ouila!!!, instant craving fix.  Desperation is the mother of invention in my kitchen... 

You'll need:

1- 16 oz bag of milk chocolate morsels

1- 14oz can of condensed milk (I used fat free to make myself feel less indulgent, but use what you want!)

Pour them both into a microwaveable bowl.  Heat on high for a minute or so.  Stir.  If not quite completely smooth, heat 20 seconds more and stir again.  Pour it over your ice cream and enjoy!  I put the leftover topping in an empty jelly jar (with lid) in the refrigerator, but honestly?  I could have just eaten the whole bowlful, skipped the ice cream, and not worry about a container for putting it in!

Monday, February 27, 2006

Modern Retro Housewives

"Her alarm clock chimes before the sun rises. She's not only up and at 'em, she's dressed to the nines in heels and a full face, wearing perfume. Her apron is starched and matches her outfit, and breakfast is on the table. Her husband and children come to the table dressed and pressed: they've been raised that way, and she's done the ironing."

"The year is not 1944, or even 1954...it's 2004, and the modern retro housewife is keeping house like Grandma did. She’s starting early and staying up late. Her day begins just after daybreak, when she gets up and gets dressed. No sweats or boxer shorts and t-shirts for her, she's wearing silk pajamas and pin curls. She bathes, dresses, combs out her hair and does her face. She's a modern-day Donna Reed, and she doesn't wear Donna Karan."

I just love this little article....

Friday, February 24, 2006

Requested Routines


For Nixie, Jane, Michelle, and all of the other Happy Housewives Club gals that have requested these files:  I'm posting them here in one convenient location for all!  I'm warning you, I'm nuts.  But this helps keep me organized with these kids running everywhere!

What Gets Done On What Day?

The Daily Checklist of Minimum Requirements

The Master List for Everything!

My Former Self In A Past Life

"She not only ironed the pants in the family, she wore them too. The housewife of the 1940s and 1950s was a lean, mean, household machine. Armed with “amazing” new products and tools guaranteed to make her life easier and more efficient, she smiled her way through the day. A domestic goddess in ruffled apron and coiffed hair, she was the epitome of postwar perfection."

I love this book!  I swear, I was meant to live then.  I adore the entire culture of that era housewife!  Now, this is not the only book in the series, and I have several of them.  I especially like the cookbooks I own from the retro series.  Talk about wonderful comfort food!  Go to the retro series page at www.collectorspress.com to see the whole line.  Fun fun fun!!!!

Every Woman Needs A Sanctuary

There are two places on earth that should be a woman's sanctuary: Her bed and her bath. Soft Surroundings' luxurious line of sheets, blankets, duvet covers, pillowcases and towels are destined to deliver soul-satisfying comfort.

This little paragraph on the Soft Surroundings website really struck a chord with me.  Andy laughs lovingly at the fact that I adore ironed, lavender-scented cotton sheets.  But our bed truly is my sanctuary.  Every time I slide in between those freshly pressed and fragranced sheets I feel a wonderful calm come over me and a comfort that cannot be described.  It feels like I am at a luxury 5 star hotel, where pampering is the norm.  So no matter how energetic our day or how frantic our day, bedtime is my favorite little treat to me.  And I suspect it is to him as well, although he won't quite come right out and say so!